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GOP candidate vows to physically “remove” mask-mandating school boards with the help of “20 strong men”

19 more of these guys and he’s set

Steve Lynch — the Republican candidate for Northampton, Pennsylvania’s County Executive — describes himself as a fighter for “freedom” and democracy. But he has a strange notion of democracy, at least when it comes to the issue of mask mandates.

At a self-described “freedom rally,” last Sunday, alongside dozens of fellow so-called “patriots,” some of them armed, with t-shirts reading “Will Work for Ammo” and “White Lives Matter,” Lynch suggested that if democratically elected school boards do something you really, really dislike — in this case, mandating masks for school staff and children — you don’t need to wait to vote them out of office.

Nope, you can just gather together a bunch of tough guys and both figuratively and literally remove those insolent school board members from their offices. As in, literally carrying them out the door.

“i’m going in with twenty strong men,” he told rally-goers.

I’m going to speak in front of the school board and I’m going to give them an option — they can leave or they can be removed.

Lynch is evidently still recruiting his gang of twenty.

“Men where are you?” he asked the crowd.

Men wake up smell the coffee. Let’s go make men great again, right, make men men again. Let’s go men, I need you.

That’s the worst cover version of James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World” I’ve ever heard.

Anyone “not standing up with us,” he proclaimed, deserves, at a minimum, to rot in jail — “and [at] a maximum should be tried for treason and we all know what treason is.”

Since the penalty for high treason is a death sentence, he’s suggesting that a good portion of his opponents deserve to be killed. For making kids wear masks to protect them and others from a fucking plague.

You can see his whole speech, and other, er, highlights from the rally here. I’ve cued it up to the start of the “man man man” portion of his speech but you may want to watch the rest of it as well, because these people are scary as fuck.

Is this what the end of democracy in America looks like?

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Fishy Goat
Fishy Goat
14 days ago

Also, Texas has openly declared itself the Republic of Gilead by passing the 6-week Fetal heart anti-abortion nonsense (and the Supreme court has rubber stamped it, seemingly)

Snowberry
Snowberry
14 days ago

This sort of thing only has a realistic chance of having an effect in the short run because school boards don’t normally have armed security guards. If it ever becomes a real tactic, however…

@Fishy Goat: The Supreme Court hasn’t rubber-stamped it, they just refused to block it until the legal battles have been resolved. This means that it could easily be in effect for anywhere from a few months to a few years even if it’s eventually overturned.

Last edited 14 days ago by Snowberry
Moggie
Moggie
14 days ago

Sounds pretty fashy to me.

and [at] a maximum should be tried for treason and we all know what treason is.

Narrator: He did not, in fact, know what treason is.

Gerald Fnord
Gerald Fnord
14 days ago

‘Democracy’==’good’
‘twenty strong men doing what I want’==’good’
Therefore: ‘Democracy’==’twenty strong men doing what I want’

Trying
Trying
14 days ago

Gaston intensifies.

GSS ex-noob
GSS ex-noob
14 days ago

Steve, you can do what you like with 20 strong men, just not in public and not bothering the rest of us.

Seriously, how is it that these chuckleheads always sound like the gayest of gay porn, so much that Tom of Finland would have thought it a bit much?

Moggie
Moggie
14 days ago

@Snowberry:

This sort of thing only has a realistic chance of having an effect in the short run because school boards don’t normally have armed security guards. If it ever becomes a real tactic, however…

But who will want to serve on a school board if it means constant threats of violence? You don’t have armed security 24×7, unless you’re armed yourself. Many decent people will decide that serving is not worth the risk, leaving those posts to be filled by Trumpists. This is the goal, all over the country.

Surplus to Requirements
Surplus to Requirements
14 days ago

Well, at least their ambitions have scaled down over the past eight months, from the United States Congress to some random school board in Bumtrumpet, Pennsylvania …

numerobis
numerobis
14 days ago

Snowberry: SCOTUS rubber-stamped it.

An abortion ban obviously affects people immediately beyond just money, so it’s ripe for an immediate injunction before the courts get through the arguments pro and con.

That’s what’s always happened up to now; even much milder abortion bans were not enforced until due process could go through, and due process would shoot the ban down or severely limit it.

SCOTUS just ignored precedent entirely. As they have been doing lately.

numerobis
numerobis
14 days ago

The real question is: ok, so the reactionaries will bring out 20 strong men, but are they a match for 30-50 feral pigs?

Dalillama
14 days ago

Is this what the end of democracy in America looks like?

Since the US Constitution is explicitly anti-democratic*, the answer here is: no, because this place never was a democracy to start with.

*See the reasons for the Senate, the Electoral College, limiting even that limited franchise to wealthy white men, etc.

Kat, ambassador, feminist revolution (in exile)
Kat, ambassador, feminist revolution (in exile)
14 days ago

If this guy were actually a strong man himself, he wouldn’t bother with warning the school board and he wouldn’t ask for help with his mission. He’d just barge in on the next school board meeting and drag those board members out all by himself. Sure, I enjoy Tough Guy Theater as much as the next person. But it’s only make-believe.

Subtract Hominem
Subtract Hominem
14 days ago

The name writes itself: Steve Lynch Mob.

Scildfreja Unnyðnes
Scildfreja Unnyðnes
14 days ago

Unrelated, but was just grossed out by some official Alberta announcement from our Fair and Beautiful government. I just had to see it, so you have to, too! Please, enjoy the mindspace of our f’n representatives here.

Cheers to Alberta on her 116th birthday. She is vast and magnificent. She is beautiful and compassionate. She is fertile and wealthy. She is made up of the hardest working people on the planet. She is Alberta and we love her. To all Albertans – let’s celebrate our province.

I can practically hear them asking about hip diameter from here. And checking teeth. Heugh.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
14 days ago

@ Surplus

Well, at least their ambitions have scaled down over the past eight months, from the United States Congress to some random school board in Bumtrumpet, Pennsylvania …

Don’t be so sure this represents a reduction in ambition. School board elections have been weaponized by the GOP over the last 15-20 years. It’s how we’ve got religion creeping into the public school system. It’s how we’ve seen lunch programs reduced because “you don’t want to spoil kids by giving them free food.” It’s how we’ve seen abstinence-based sex “education” take hold.

These are small local elections, which means it’s a great way to slip under the radar and through the kind of protections/attention that exist for larger state and federal elections.

Scildfreja Unnyðnes
Scildfreja Unnyðnes
13 days ago

HHHHHHH

Who wants to be angry with me? You all?

https://twitter.com/kendallybrown/status/1433588701385400327

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E-UhU2OWYAACOz3?format=jpg

I can’t even with this world anymore. Literally cannot even.

Alan Robertshaw
13 days ago

@ scildfreja

I’ll join in your anger. But it’s also eyeroll inducing. Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised that such a person isn’t the sharpest tool in the box. But the irony is that, the law doesn’t apply to people getting a termination, only people who assist. So in this case he couldn’t get the bounty on the woman, but someone could sue him for driving her to the clinic.

Last edited 13 days ago by Alan Robertshaw
Surplus to Requirements
Surplus to Requirements
13 days ago

It’s going to take another civil war to fix all this, isn’t it?

Some Chick
Some Chick
13 days ago

These people really hate freedom. And everyone else. And possibly themselves. But definitely freedom. Gawd, i hate these idiots.

Surplus to Requirements
Surplus to Requirements
13 days ago

It’s becoming increasingly clear that the world’s various liberal/conservative political party pairs are not really opposed to one another. The Dems bending over backwards to accommodate Republican demands in the name of “bipartisanship”, even when they have majorities in both chambers and have the WH, proves it in the case of the United States, as does the continued presence of “spoilers” like Manchin and Sinema who make sure the interests of capital still get served. Our own Justin Trudeau basically handing Parliament over to the Tories on a silver platter when he could have served out at least two more years as Prime Minister first must be part of some similar under-the-table arrangement.

It seems like such pairs basically just play “good cop/bad cop” with entire national populations. The “good cop” talks nicer and throws, or at least promises to throw, non-wealthy-white-cishet-male citizens a bone now and again, while the “bad cop” threatens and glowers and offers nothing nice to anyone who isn’t on some Forbes short list or other, but they’re really both on the same side, and that is the side of the billionaires.

(To the top 20% by income, the landowning suburbanites hoarding the few remaining white collar jobs, the roles are reversed: the further-right of the two parties is the “good cop” who will keep land prices up and taxes on the middle class down, while the more centrist party is the “bad cop” who threatens to raise taxes and damage property values.)

What can be done to alter this dynamic and get a party into the mainstream in each country that really, actually represents the bulk of the people, rather than the wealthiest 20% or less?

Fabe
Fabe
13 days ago

Unrelated, but was just grossed out by some official Alberta announcement from our Fair and Beautiful government. I just had to see it, so you have to, too! Please, enjoy the mindspace of our f’n representatives here.

Cheers to Alberta on her 116th birthday. She is vast and magnificent. She is beautiful and compassionate. She is fertile and wealthy. She is made up of the hardest working people on the planet. She is Alberta and we love her. To all Albertans – let’s celebrate our province.

I can practically hear them asking about hip diameter from here. And checking teeth. Heugh.

Got to make sure She is pristine condition,the corporations are paying top dollar for her

Nequam
Nequam
13 days ago

@Scildfreja: the subreddit that came from was swiftly nuked, even if it’s just the people who run Reddit worried about spoiling their IPO.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
13 days ago

OT/CW: Loss of pet.

Sad and distressing
Our oldest cat has died. Not in a vet’s office where he had an easy passing. He crawled under our bed at some point in the last half-hour, and we didn’t realized he’d gone until I got worried and started looking for him.

Megi Stardust
Megi Stardust
13 days ago

@surplus
Being thrown the occasional bone can mean the difference between survival and starvation.

Fuc
Fuc
13 days ago

White trash

Battering Lamb
Battering Lamb
13 days ago

@Scildfreja: OK, that is just blood-fizzingly rage inducing. And it shows us exactly how these “Pro-Lifers” think. Ugh.

@Victorious Parasol: Aw… My condolences. How old was your cat?

Kat, ambassador, feminist revolution (in exile)
Kat, ambassador, feminist revolution (in exile)
13 days ago

@Victorious Parasol
I’m so very sorry. Your cat was part of your family, and now he’s suddenly gone. It’s a very sad situation. My girl cat died, more than a year ago, at the vet’s office. While we waited for the vet to show up, I was crying so much that tears came to the vet tech’s eyes. Your cat will live forever in your heart. All best wishes to you, your husband, and your other animals during this time of mourning.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
13 days ago

Thank you, everybody.

He was 16 – we’d had him since he was about 6 months old. He was a rescue cat found in an alley around Christmas time, and my husband was getting cat food when he saw this fluffy black kitten in an adoption cubicle, suckling on a corner of the carpet square they’d given him to lie on. Mr. Parasol called me from the store: “There’s a kitten here. He looks just like [the cat we’d had to say goodbye to earlier that year].”

Me: (very resigned voice) “Is he cute?”

Mr. Parasol: “Yes.”

And that’s how he joined our family.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
13 days ago

Adding a bit to my last comment – when I said “adoption cubicle” I meant “in the area the pet store designated for various rescue groups to bring animals for customers to adopt.”

Sheila Crosby
Sheila Crosby
13 days ago

@VP Very sorry about your pet.

Scildfreja Unnyðnes
Scildfreja Unnyðnes
13 days ago

@Victorious Parasol, Oh, I’m so sorry <3 the poor thing. I hope that looking back at the wonderful 16 years you gave them is consoling, or will be soon, at least. You gave them someplace safe and happy, right to the end. That’s not nothing.

@Alan, yeah, I clued into that immediately, and it’s stark reminder that the punishment is the point. They gleefully pursue cruelty to others, and will be selectively blind to the actual consequences along the way. Leading to…

@Some Chick, the do hate freedom! They claim to love it, but when they say that they love freedom, what they mean is that they love having power over others. That’s how I see it at least. They love seeing people squashed by the boot of authority, and if it’s an especially big boot they don’t even mind if they get a little bit of the steppies, so long as their hated foe is getting the worst of it.

I’m quite glad the subreddit got nuked, @Neqam, thanks for pointing it out! But the conversations exactly like this one are happening all over Texas right now and it’s awful.

Allandrel
Allandrel
13 days ago

Conservatives firmly believe that everyone has equal rights, by which they mean “I have the right right to do whatever I want, and you too have the right to do whatever I want.”

Brony, Social Justice Cenobite

@Scildfreja Unnyðnes
They do want power over others. I’ve been watching a lot of videos by someone going by Schrodinger’s Cat and they like to cover sovcit and “first amendment auditors”. You can see how goading, put downs and more are the whole point. Getting to act dominant.
Lots of useful patterns to note. Trigger Warnings for police aggression. I can’t say the videos don’t have problems.
https://youtube.com/c/SchrodingersCatlive

Last edited 13 days ago by Brony, Social Justice Cenobite
Jesalin, Sapphic Goddess of Lust
Jesalin, Sapphic Goddess of Lust
13 days ago

@Victorious Parasol

My condolences

Brony, Social Justice Cenobite

@Victorious Parasol
I’m sorry for your loss.

Brony, Social Justice Cenobite

The youtube channel I posted is very ableist. I’m working on something for that along the lines of the feature of ignorance and incompetence in proper identification of reasoning and logic and other problems), via pejorative language used to abuse a range of people with many mental characteristics. The language is a little awkward.
It’s in addition to doing it because it hurts people who have been abused because a self interest angle helps. Incompetence and ignorance are supposed to feel bad once identified, and while those word gets abused too they has the benefit of accuracy. You can actually engage with features.

GSS ex-noob
GSS ex-noob
12 days ago

https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/oh-my-fucking-god-get-the-fucking-vaccine-already-you-fucking-fucks

Cathartic. (and obviously NSFW)

@VP: I’m so sorry. We lost an old kitty (adopted the same way) recently too. Big hugs.

Redsilkphoenix: Jetpack Vixen, Intergalactic Meani
Redsilkphoenix: Jetpack Vixen, Intergalactic Meani
12 days ago

@Scildfreja Unnyðnes,

If it makes you feel better, a hotline that the Texas Right to Life organization set up to receive anonymous tips to report violators has been getting trolled big time by activists.

https://www.chron.com/politics/article/Texas-Right-to-Life-abortion-anonymous-tip-troll-16431881.php

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee
weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee
12 days ago

Victorious Parasol,

I’m so sorry about your kitty.

It seems like there’s a lot of pet loss going around lately. I hate it.

If it’ll cheer anyone up, Kitten Academy has 2 brand new litters of rescue kittens. A batch of 2 week olds and a batch of 2 day olds.

Kat, ambassador, feminist revolution (in exile)
Kat, ambassador, feminist revolution (in exile)
12 days ago

@GSS ex-noob
I’m sorry to hear that you also lost your cat recently. Animals bring so much life to a household, and you get very used to having them around. It’s a sorrowful situation. All the best to you.

Scildfreja Unnyðnes
Scildfreja Unnyðnes
12 days ago

@Brony, I’ll give them a listen when I have the time. Thank you! And thanks on the warning for the more problematic elements in there. 

@Redsilkphoenix, yes, I’ve been seeing that and it’s great. I’ve also seen the efforts of the Satanic Church, which makes me giggle with amusement. They consider the right to abortion a sincerely held belief, so are preparing to set the state in a bind on whether that can be used. If the fundies in Texas are taken down by The Satanic Church, of all things, I’m going to die of laughter.

Alan Robertshaw
12 days ago

@ Vicky P

Oh, my heart goes out to you and your much loved fur friend.

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Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
12 days ago

Mr. Parasol and I are kinda stumbling through the weekend. We took our kitty to our vet yesterday morning – they arranged for his cremation. He’d been a patient of theirs since his kitten days. I called the family after we got back because Mr. Parasol’s parents had considered him one of their grandcats.

Our two remaining cats know the household has been disrupted, and they know Other Cat is not here. He’d been a big brother to them when they came to live with us, so they’ve known him since they were 3 months old.

I keep stuttering on the things I used to do for him. “Time to feed–no, he’s not here.” Or “Time to give him his meds–no, he’s not here.” Yesterday Mr. Parasol saw one of our other cats and called him by the wrong name, very cheerfully, because he happened to be lying down in a favorite spot.

At least we’ve got a 3-day weekend to get through it.

Mea
Mea
4 days ago

“Lynch”. Appropriate name.